Baltimore Leads National Crackdown on Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Websites

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It’s like when the police’s entry team raids a crack house, but instead of crack it’s counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and instead of a house it’s a bunch of websites. And instead of seizing the drugs, they mostly “seized” the domain names.

Federal Agents in Baltimore led the domestic wing of an international operation that shut down websites in 100 countries that were selling counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs — including 700 in the US alone.

Though the notices on the seized websites reference a statute on intellectual property rights, there is a public health dimension. A special agent in Baltimore’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, Todd Horton said that some of the pills investigators purchased from these sites for testing  were found to include “extra ingredients that could be health concerns and violations.”

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